Interesting Fruit - Tiessa or Egg Fruit

The Canistel or Egg Fruit  is quite a common fruit in the Philippines where many other fruits of South American origin can also be found, no doubt introduced by the Spanish in the old days. In other Asian countries it is a rather rare curiousity. In the Philippines it's called Tiessa or Tisa or Chessa, another English names is Yellow Sapote as it belongs to the Sapote family or Sapotaceae. The species name is Pouteria camphechiana. In Malaysia where it seems to be a rather new introduction it's variously called Buah Mentega or Buah Lemak (meaning "Butter Fruit" or "Creamy Fruit" respectively). The ripe fruits are yellow and waxy skinned with a pulp that has the consistency of a hard-boiled egg yolk, hence its other name. The green fruit contain a sticky latex which disappear or at least lessen when the fruit is soft and fully ripe . Fruits can be highly variable in size and shape--ranging from round to pointed and ovaloid. They are usually eaten fresh out of hand but can also be used in custards, pies, milkshakes and other desserts.


Zimba said...

I ate one of these yesterday.They grow on trees here in Key West.It was described perfectly.It did look like egg yolk and tastes sweet.I have lived here almost 20 years and had never heard of it.Then when I looked it up and clicked the link,there is my favorite thing the dragonfly.
alindanaw,a perfect name for your blog

alindanaw... said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, Zimba.

Vincent said...

Hello Alindanaw,

I ate a Tiessa this morning and ended in your blog while looking for more info about this fruit.

I scrolled through your pages and really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Thank you!


alindanaw... said...

Hi Vincent,
Thanks for visiting.

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